There's so much to see and do in Austin. It is no wonder why the city is such a popular destination for travelers. Unique even among Texas, where all cities behave as mavericks to some extent, Austin is a big city that leaves even long-time residents spoiled by abundance. Imagine all the fresh and new things available for non-travelers. The State of Texas lifted all Covid related restrictions in March, so expect to experience Austin as it was meant to be, with bars and music.
Head down to Hutto, Texas, just about a 30-minute drive from Austin, for two full days of live Texas country music at the annual Koke Fest. The full music lineup, schedule, and ticket information for this year's fest will be available online soon.
Let your rainbow flag fly at Austin Pride. Supporting the LGBT community, the festival features a raucous parade, hilarious drag shows, a roller-skating event, and even an afterparty. You can also expect to see a variety of amazing food vendors, goods from talented artisans, and plenty of information and resources for anyone who wants to know more about health, safety, or advocacy.
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For 17 years, Bat Fest has been celebrating one of Austin's most unique, nightly events: the flight of 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats from under the Congress Bridge. In 2022, Bat Fest will spotlight local restaurants, breweries, and two stages of live music, featuring Fetty Wap and Chamillionaire.
See over 25,000 square feet of rail wood modeling at the annual Austin Train Show. The event will feature mechanic and lego models of various scales, vendors, clinics, raffles, and more. Admission is $8 for adults and free for kids 12 and younger. Ticket purchases include admission for both days of the show.
aGLIFF (All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival)
Hosted annually, the goal of the aGLIFF film festival is to promote and display films that center around those who identify as LGBTQIA+, shedding a positive light on this demographic and educating the public about LGBTQIA+ issues. The 35th annual festival is referred to as PRISM 35. This year, they are promoting an Early Bird badge special, with the first round of tickets for badges available in March for just $75. The second round of tickets, available in June, will be $95, while regular tickets, available in August, will be $125. Badges include a commemorative T-shirt and access to all in-person screenings and most festival parties and events. Regular tickets to the festival will be sold for $12 plus fees and will be sold in August one week before the event is held.
Hot Summer Nights is a free music festival held in downtown Austin. See passionate local and regional talent at various venues for five exciting nights of live music performances. Check back for the complete 2022 schedule and lineup, official dates, and additional information, which will be available online.
Located on Red River Street, Stubb's not only offers some of the best BBQ in Austin, but it is also one of the best music venues in the city for big and small shows alike. It is all but tradition for those attending a concert to enjoy one of Stubb's satisfying BBQ plates, but Stubb's is worth visiting for its food alone.
The Congress Bridge Bats
A favorite place among travelers and locals, the bat colony living under Congress Bridge is massive, housing around 1.5 million freetail bats. August is the best month to watch this uniquely Austin spectacle as those bats leave their colony in droves. It is a one-of-a-kind experience.